Bollywood Actress Who Are Also Authors

Karthika S Nair | Nov 12 2019

Women in Bollywood have been in the news for various reasons such as promoting a new movie, endorsing a brand, release of a magazine etc. Immense popularity and scopes in different fields have motivated them to try something other than their talents to face the camera and perform. Many of them became famous for their exemplary writing and imagination that added wings to their life in showbusiness. 

From biographies to exhibiting their sharp imagination in the field of literature, these women have taken their step into the field with their published work. 

Here are those actresses in Bollywood who tried their hand in literature.

1. Twinkle Khanna



Twinkle Khanna almost withered away from the minds of the Indian audience after her films started to show poor performances at the box office. As an actress, she could not live up to the legacy left by her superstar father Rajesh Khanna and Mother Dimple Kapadia who is a national award winner. 

Instead of letting herself drown in the shadows of her parents and movie star husband Akshay Kumar, Twinkle found her footing in the field of literature. She used her witty and quirky imagination to write Columns for Times of India under the name ‘Mrs Funnybones’. 

After that, she wrote best selling books 'Mrs Funnybones', 'Legend of Lakshmi Prasad' and 'Pyjamas Are Forgiving'. 

She also launched her own platform 'Tweakindia' where she writes quirky essays on pop-culture and other topics. Her book 'Mrs Funnybones' was one of the most popular books at the time of its release. 

2. Shilpa Shetty



With numerous box office hits and a victory on an international platform 'Celebrity Big Brother', Shilpa Shetty did not back down and tried her hand in literature as well. She wrote two books; 'The Great Indian Diet' and 'Diary Of A Domestic Diva'. 

Her book 'The Great Indian Diet' is about people opting for foreign and regarding the richness of the Indian diet. In the book, she asserts that a steady Indian diet can help one live a healthy lifestyle. Her work had been lauded for being well researched and for shades of patriotism. 

Her book 'Diary of A Domestic Diva' is also well received.  

3. Anu Aggarwal



Anu Aggarwal entered the limelight in showbusiness with her stupendous role in the hit film 'Aashiqui' opposite Rahul Roy. Mahesh Bhatt regarded her as a ‘one-take’ actress who delivered her work with perfection. She made a more compelling appearance in Mani Ratnam film 'Thiruda Thiruda'. 

She faced a devastating accident that left her in a coma for 29 days and after waking up, she had no recollection of her past life. She practices yoga and is leading a single and spiritual life. 

She revealed what happened in her life in a tell-all book 'Anusual: Memoir of a Girl Who Came Back from the Dead', specifically about her disappearing from the show business and then resurfacing. 

In her book, she candidly mentioned how Bollywood defines success and failure as an industry.

4. Tisca Chopra



Actress Tisca Chopra has spoken about her brush with Bollywood fame, facing casting couch and treatment of women on the reel and real life. She penned down a book 'Acting Smart: Your Ticket to Showbiz' which is also regarded as a must-read for aspiring actors. Actor Anil Kapoor praised her work, saying that it has great content and it will help people who strive for success. The book, published in 2014, became a bestseller. 

Tisca Chopra has been on stage since she was two years old and never stopped since she found her passion. She became famous for her role in the national award-winning film 'Taare Zameen Par' for which she received various national and international award nominations. 

She recently starred in the lead role in Hotstar's 'Hostages'.

5. Karisma Kapoor


Karisma Kapoor lived up to her family's legacy in films and dominated the screen space in the 1990s with her exemplary performance in 'Raja Hindustani', 'Jigar', 'Anari', 'Raja Babu' and 'Dil Toh Pagal Hai'. 

Striving for recognition beyond her field, Karisma wrote the book 'My Yummy Mummy Guide' with Madhuri Banerjee. She wrote about handling her pregnancy, managing weight and looking after her children.

She candidly wrote about juggling her work life and motherhood with a touch of humour. Readers praised her work for being a fun read. 

6. Divya Dutta


Divya Dutta delivered some of the most memorable supporting roles in Bollywood. She came into prominence as Shabbo in 2004 blockbuster film 'Veer Zaara'. She won various awards for her role as Milkha Singh's elder sister in 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'. She also won the national award for her performance in Aparnaa Singh's 'Irada'. 

Divya Dutta regarded her mother's role in making her the woman she is today. As a tribute, she wrote a memoir titled 'Me And Ma' in 20-17 and it is published by Penguin Random House. 

The book has been lauded by the reader for giving an insight into the sweet reminiscence of her relationship with her mother. Readers lauded Divya's writing, saying that the book will make one admire Divya's mother due to her sweet nature. 

The book 'Me And Ma' became a best-seller after its release.


7. Soha Ali Khan


Soha Ali Khan won various awards and nominations for her spectacular performance in 2006 blockbuster film 'Rang De Basanti'. She is the daughter of former cricket player Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore. Her brother Saif Ali Khan is a popular actor and sister-in-law Kareena Kapoor is regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation. To answer the question of where she stands as a moderately famous person in her family, she penned down a book titled 'The Perils of Being Moderately Famous'. The book sums up her life as a royal princess with humorous anecdotes. 

The book has been lauded by readers and critics as one of the best time pass reads. 

8. Sonali Bendre


Sonali Bendre has been vocal on social media since she declared a steadfast fight against cancer. Her words proved her talent for writing and she showed that with her work 'The Modern Gurukul: My Experiments with Parenting'. 

In the book, Sonali honestly wrote about her principles of parenting that balances between traditional joint family and the modern nuclear family. 

She starred in various films such as 'Duplicate', 'Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United' and 'Sarfarosh'.

Apart from her acting career, she is a popular model who worked with brands such as Real, Pril soap, Surya bulbs and tubes, Omega watches, Dr Morepen, Dabur, etc. 


9. Sunny Leone 



Sunny Leone has come far from identity with regard to the adult film industry. She made her debut in mainstream Bollywood with 'Jism 2' and  'Ragini MMS 2'. She launched her own perfume brand and worked PETA to help stray cats and dogs, which helped her earn the ‘person of the year’ tag in 2016. 

Sunny Leone wrote down the book 'Sweet Dreams' which is a collection of erotic short stories. Though her work was not particularly lauded, the critics noted the optimism behind her stories as the characters are not complicated or unpleasant. 

10. Manisha Koirala


It is very difficult for '90s kids to forget this Nepali actress who made an impact in the Indian film industry. She appeared in several successful films notably in 'Indian', 'Bombay', '1942: A Love Story', 'Gupt: The Hidden Truth ', 'Akele Hum Akele Tum', 'Khamoshi: The Musical' and 'Dil Se'.

She was the top heroine of her time but eventually disappeared from screen space. It was later revealed that Koirala suffered from addiction and was diagnosed with cancer. 

After overcoming the disease, Manisha became a motivational speaker and worked for various causes like women's rights, prevention of violence against women, anti-human trafficking and awareness of cancer. 

She wrote a book titled 'Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life' which narrated her struggle with addiction, cancer and how she overcame it.

Critics lauded the book for being an honest account of someone who has been in show business and had to face bouquets and brickbats for the choices they made. Readers noted that the book is very addicting and is hard to put down.